Boys swim finishes 24th at Class 1 State Championship


Mary Corkery

As he swims the butterfly, junior Gabe Cusanelli comes up for air. Cusanelli placed 2nd in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.75 at the State Consideration meet on Nov. 2.

The Falcons ended their season by finishing 24th in team scoring at the Class 1 State swim meet.

Coach Lucas Benson said despite many wishing they had done better, the team was still successful at State.

“The team did well. I think some of the guys were hoping to do better but overall, I think it was a success,” Benson said.

The Falcons had three events qualify for state: the Medley Relay, the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Juniors Tyler Wilkinson, Gabe Cusanelli, and Jake Tegethoff and senior Daniel Booher finished 16th in the 200 Medley with a time of 1:44.72. Cusanelli, who placed 7th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.41 and 8th in 50 free with a time of 22.18, said he really thrived during prelims, but did not swim as well in a couple of the final events.

“I believe that I swam great in preliminaries getting my best times in every race (other than the 100 free immediately after the 100 breaststroke) while I only did alright in finals. [I] Only [swam] great on the 50 Free while [I swam] okay in the 200 IM relay and 100 Br,” Cusanelli said.

Cusanelli also said he felt pride but also disappointment during his individual events at State.

“I felt amazing after placing 8th in the 50 free because I never thought that I would make A-Final and I felt disappointed after placing 7th in 100Br because I was ranked into finals to get 5th and if I went the same time in finals, that I had in prelims, I would have got 5th,” Cusanelli said.

Coach Lucas Benson said overall, the team performed well and was able to advance throughout the season.

“Overall, this season was a success. We saw quite a bit of time drops. We had [juniors] Jake Tegethoff and Tyler Wilkinson both drop time this year to earn two individual state entries each. Even our newer swimmers were able to make some important gains as well,” Benson said.